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Helicopter ride was great but......
We had to wait 2 hours at heliport then we only got an 8 min flight instead of 12 minute flight so we missed flying over a few landmarks. I dont blame Viator but rather the tour guide Louis who probably did not advise helicopter operator. Well worth the experience though especially circling Christ the Redeemer staue on Corcorvado.
The helicopter tour by itself - is breathtaking! The ride to the station and back was endless.
Very nice, Short but nice. It goes from the lake, over the beaches to almost Sugarloaf, but not quite, then back over the beaches and around Corcovado. Good views. Shaky for pics, get the fast aperture setting. Well organized by Gray Line. Pilot is stunning young lady. Windows are very low for tall people, Most enjoyable.
This helicopter ride is definitely worth doing. Seeing all the views from so high is amazing - especially if you get a clear day and get up close to Christ the Redeemer. The only downsides were that the helicopter takes 5 passengers - 4 of who sit in the back. This means that 2 people don't get to sit a a window. Also, there are special openings in the windows for taking photos, but only in the front and 1 side of the back.
Overall, it was an exciting and fun ride. The pick-up and drop-off was quick and easy, the company had a good safety information handout and the flight felt safe, but there were still enough tight turns to make it feel a little thrilling.
It was very fun, a little beat expensive, but It is the best view you can have of Rio!!
The flight itself was very nice, but it seemed pretty complicated to have the flight for only one person, and I had to keep on calling the organiser.
The views of Rio were fantastic. The driver who picked us up at the hotel was very friendly; however, the ground operators for the helicopter didn't speak to us - simply motioned for us to get on and off of the helicopter, more like herding cattle rather than a personal way to treat visitors. I would have liked to have the option to do this at noon rather than so early in the morning. The online sign-up process and email I received didn't even specify the time of the tour. I had to call Brazil to find that out. This is a key detail that should have been very clear all along.
The helicopter trip was amazing. I highly recommend it. We did the twelve minute trip, circling close to Christ the Redeemer was the highlight, as well as seeing the length of the beaches Copacabana and Ipanema. The only downside was the communication in Brazil. I had bought the voucher online. When I called in Brazil, as instructed, I was asked which hotel I was staying it. The fact that I was staying with a friend seemed to complicate matters beyond belief, even though I was happy to drive to the helipad. It seemed we had to be at a hotel. Finally they agreed, but when we arrived at the helipad and presented the voucher from the internet they seemed puzzled. Then asked me to pay. I had to explain it was all prepaid and point to the wording. This seemed strange given that they must deal with these type of vouchers all the time. Bureaucracy aside, the trip itself was awesome and comes highly recommended.
We didn't get to go on the tour as there was not enough partcipants, and it was our last day so we couldn't reschedule. I would suggest that you book you flight nearer the beginning of the tour so that you and rescheudle if necessary. It's a real shame as I was really looking forward to the trip.
Original date cancelled apparently not enough takers. On the day we did go it was grey cloudy and raining. Hardly ideal. But the pilot did his best to show us the main attractions.
Also the arrangements for confirming are a be awkward if your are travelling into Rio the days preceding your flight.
Disappointing not to see Christ the Redeemer. It was cloudy and we not allowed to reschedule despite the fact that the couple we were with were on their third try.
The helicopter company was poor. They kept us waiting for 3 hours while the pilot had his dinner and when he finally returned clouds had obscured most of the sights. staff were curt both to us and the argentinian couple sharing our flight. Our concierge told us not to use this company EVER. Perhaps viator should do the same